Solid team performances Tuesday spurred the Carson Valley Little League 12- and 11-year-old teams to victories during Nevada District 1 Tournament play in Carson City.
Ty Jackson pitched a complete game four-hitter with no walks while Aiden Budden and Evan Simpson hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning to help the 12-year-olds top Reno Continental 6-0 at Governor’s Field. In the 11-year-old contest, Camden Brown pitched the distance while Matthew Goff and Chris Thacker hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning in a 15-3 win against Truckee.
The Carson Valley 12-year-olds evened their tournament record at 1-1 with what manager Scott Jackson called a significant win.
“Reno Continental has kind of been our nemesis the last couple of years,” he said. “It is a tremendous achievement anytime you get a shutout in an all-star tournament when you consider those are the best kids from their respective communities.”
Ty Jackson logged 10 strikeouts and was supported by a defense that committed just one error.
“The defense was spectacular,” Scott Jackson said. “We had outstanding efforts all the way around.”
Budden made it 1-0 in the second inning when he hit a towering home run over the center field fence and Simpson followed with a line drive home run to right field.
Noah Guriglia and Chase Jackson also contributed RBI doubles for Carson Valley.
“We didn’t have a lot of hits, but the ones we got were timely,” Scott Jackson said.
Nine straight Carson Valley batters reached base safely before an out was recorded during an 11-run second inning rally against Truckee.
“The kids played really well all the way around,” manager Dave Cochrane said.
Goff had two hits, including a leadoff single, and Luke Cochrane had a bases loaded double in the second inning. Goff’s home run in the third, a solo shot, was his third of the tournament. Thacker’s home run was his second of the tournament. Goff and Thacker each scored three runs in the game.
Brown pitched the four-inning distance in a game called after four innings due to the 10-run rule. Though he only had three strikeouts, Brown was supported by a solid defense. Wyatt Grisell in center field and Luke Ackermann at second base were standouts in the field, according to Dave Cochrane.